Skin Cancer Removal Bend, OR

There are many procedures involving the removal of skin cancer. Doctors usually base the technique that will be used on a number of factors including the type of skin cancer that the patient has, the location of the cancer, the aggressiveness of the skin cancer, how deeply it has grown or spread, and the patient’s overall health.

Surgical treatments are the most common procedure for the removal of skin cancer. The goal of using these procedures is to remove all traces of the cancer and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.

  • Excision – For this technique, the doctor administers a local anesthetic, and then he will begin to cut along previously drawn marker lines that include the skin cancer and a margin of healthy tissue. When all of the indicated areas have been excised, the wound will be stitched back together.
  • Mohs Surgery – This technique is similar to excision, however, the removed skin will be examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. If cancer cells are seen, the surgeon will remove another layer of skin, and so forth until no traces of cancer cells are evident on the excised tissue.
  • Curettage and Electrodessication – This technique for the removal of skin cancer is most effective in treating small basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. The tumor will be scraped off using a curette and, afterwards, an electric needle will be used to gently cauterize the remaining cancer cells and some of the normal looking tissue around the treated area. This scraping and cauterizing process will usually be repeated three times for a thorough removal.

Alternative treatments are also available for the removal of skin cancer and are available for patients who are not able to undergo surgery for any reason.

  • Immunotherapy uses a generic cream application to stimulate the patient’s own immune system to actively fight the cancer.
  • Cryosurgery is a technique used to freeze and destroy treatment areas causing the cancer cells to be sloughed off with the skin.
  • Topical chemotherapy is used to destroy the cancer cells on the skin. As the skin heels, new skin cells will appear in its place.
  • Chemotherapy is utilized when the cancer spreads beyond the skin.
  • Photodynamic therapy is a 2-phase technique that, first, makes use of the chemical application directly onto the skin to increase its sensitivity to light, and then is followed by light exposure to destroy the cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy is used to treat older patients for the removal of skin cancers that have spread over a larger area and have become difficult to remove surgically. Radiation therapy requires repeated exposures to gradually destroy the cancer cells.